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Using computers to decode Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

It might sound like something from a science fiction movie but computers are telling us more and more about the human brain and how it works. In 2013, the European Commission launched a multi-million pound Human Brain Project (HBP) with the goal of integrating work from multiple research teams to create a supercomputer simulation of […]

Scientist Focus: Dr Neil Oxtoby

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Dr Neil Oxtoby from UCL (University College London) has just been awarded a little over £100,000 from Alzheimer’s Research UK and three other global international funders through an initiative called Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases (BAND). BAND is supporting 11 international research projects to better characterise the similarities and differences between diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. […]

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Scientist Focus: Dr Rita Guerreiro

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Rita Guerreiro from University College London is the first ever winner of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year Award. The Award celebrates excellence in dementia research and recognises the huge impact of Dr Guerreiro’s work across the world. In 2012, Dr Guerreiro and an international team […]

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The latest progress towards new dementia treatments

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

At Alzheimer’s Research UK, we’re committed to funding the most innovative grass-roots research and translating promising discoveries into benefits for people with dementia as quickly as possible. At the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2016 in Manchester this week we’ve been hearing about some of the latest emerging research from across the UK. Where are we […]

Taking a closer look at blood flow in the brain

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

When talking about dementia we often focus on nerve cells – they are, after all, in charge of everything we do and think. But nerve cells aren’t lone rangers. Just like there’s no Sherlock Holmes without Watson, no Starsky without Hutch and no Ant without Dec, nerve cells and the blood vessels that supply the […]

What happens in the brain in dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Not an easy question to answer, but researchers are moving closer to understanding what goes wrong with the circuitry of the brain in diseases like Alzheimer’s, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. In terms of complexity – one disease stands out more than others in the diversity of symptoms people can experience and the […]

Supporting the next generation of dementia researchers

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

This week sees Manchester play host to the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2016. The conference is a forum for nearly 500 top dementia researchers to come together, hear each other’s ideas, form collaborations, and drive progress towards new ways to help people living with dementia. As the country’s largest gathering of dementia researchers, the annual […]